2014 Innovation & Leadership Awards – Commission Staff Finalsts
Paula DeBoles-Johnson, Volunteer Florida
Paula Johnson is a Program Manager with Volunteer Florida. She has been in this position for almost eight years. She has a Masters degree in Public Administration and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Mediator. She is the Executive Director of a local business that she created and she still finds the time to volunteer in her community. She is the wife of a veteran and the mother of two children ages 20 and 16. Paula has also taken on the role of mentor and life coach for several AmeriCorps members.
Julie Mendez, Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
Julie Mendez is the Outreach Manager at the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) and has been a staff member since 2011. Julie has expanded the GOSV’s online presence, promoted funding opportunities, and worked with GOSV staff to implement high-quality training for AmeriCorps State grantees.
Julie is a proud AmeriCorps Alum, having served with Public Allies Maryland and Notre Dame Mission Volunteers. Currently, Julie is the Chair of the Public Allies Maryland Alumni Council.
Marisa Petreccia, Serve Rhode Island
Marisa Petreccia is the Director of Operations at Serve Rhode Island, where she has worked for four years. Prior to joining the SRI staff, Marisa served as Associate Director of Rhode Island Campus Compact, working with institutions of higher education to engage college students in meaningful service while administering
AmeriCorps*State and VISTA programs. Previous work experience includes directing and coordinating the Athletes in Service to America National Direct AmeriCorps program, and serving as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Northeastern University. Marisa is a proud AmeriCorps Alum and Rhode Island native and currently lives in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Pam Zeutenhorst, Maine Commission for Community Service
Pam Zeutenhorst is the Program Officer for Volunteer Sector Initiatives and has been an employee of the Maine Commission for Community Service for over five years. Pam manages an AmeriCorps VISTA program, Volunteer Generation Fund grant programs, and the state’s virtual volunteer center, VolunteerMaine.gov. She has worked closely with regional partners in Maine to establish and grow volunteer centers and professional networks for volunteer administrators. Pam is a member of the Maine Emergency Management team responsible for donation and volunteer management during response and recovery phases of a state emergency or disaster. She is the lead for Volunteer Reception Centers (VRC) and ensures there are VRC teams prepared to respond.